There are many ways to stay healthy while living on campus. Tips for staying healthy include:
Find fun in fitness. Fitting exercise into a busy student schedule can be difficult, however, the U of A has an on-campus sport and fitness centre for all students called the Van Vliet Complex. If you do not enjoy going to the gym or running on a treadmill, this facility includes a pool, skating arena, rock climbing centre as well as a weight training facility and a running track. This facility is a great opportunity to explore different activities for staying healthy on campus. Entrance into the facilities is free for all current students.
Take a class. U of A Campus & Community Recreation offers a selection of free fitness classes including TRX, pilates, yoga, kick-boxing, zumba and many more. If you enjoy a fun community atmosphere to stay active consider signing up for one of these classes.
Join an intramural sports team. The U of A has both competitive and recreational intramural teams in sports such as ball hockey, basketball, soccer, cricket, ultimate frisbee, and more. Joining a team is a great opportunity to meet other U of A students, practice a new skill as well as stay fit.
Get outside. Did you know that Edmonton has the greatest amount of green space of any city in North America? Take advantage of the incredible river valley and go for a walk, run, or bike ride on one of the many public trails near the university.
Explore ways to eat healthy. Eating a healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your immune system, and improve your overall health. When living in residence or on your own for the first time, it can be difficult eating well, but there are easy ways to make adjustments to your diet. Having breakfast daily can decrease hunger throughout the day, and having pre-cut fruit and vegetables, nuts, or granola bars on hand can decrease the number of times you choose convenience foods from a vending machine or store.
Visit a Farmers Market. The Strathcona Farmers Market as well as the U of A Farmers Market are both within walking distance of campus. These markets are a great source of fresh produce, poultry, baking and locally made goods. Spending time walking around the markets can make for a mentally and physically relaxing outing in the city.
Consult with a Doctor. The U of A has a walk-in clinic accessible to students in you are feeling ill or have a minor injury. This clinic offers a choice between male or female doctors for routine medical examinations.
Take advantage of Safewalk. Staying safe is a major component to health. Safewalk is a program run through the Students' Union. Two volunteers will escort you around the campus or local community after dark, providing a safe and reliable alternative to walking alone at night.
Apps & Interactive Resources
Nike+ Training Club - this personal trainer app lets you choose from over 100 workouts with a step-by-step guide.
Pocket Yoga - practice yoga anytime, anywhere with this easy to use yoga app. Choose your level of difficulty and customize your own yoga flow.
SWEAT App - choose the trainer and training style that fits you and your lifestyle. Whether you take your first step with yoga, weight-training, power lifting or high-intensity interval workouts, find a fit that works for you. Includes 28 minute dorm-room approved workouts!
Fitness Blender - improve your body, health and mindset with these customized workout programs and meal ideas that will guide and encourage you every step of the way. The Fitness Blender programs offer free online workout videos, healthy recipes, and affordable workout plans for creating sustainable fitness results.